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Poster: Edsel Date: Jan 30, 2009 4:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How to convert those old tapes

If your soundcard has a line in input all you need is the software to edit with, and a cord with RCA jacks on one end and a 1/8" stereo mini jack on the other. Useful for turntables, and cassette decks.
Total cost around $6.00


There are plenty of free programs available, here's one:

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/features

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Poster: jbb55 Date: Jan 31, 2009 12:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How to convert those old tapes


I also agree with Edsel. Already having done it and more, there is no reason to purchase anything new other than an appropriate cable to go from your stereo tuner to your line-in on your computer sound card. For the tape deck device tho, kinda cool, and, if the device fit the need and a desire, looks like a slick purchase. Otherwise, for that tape device and it's included software, you simply do the same thing with Audacity manually once you record from your line-in. You also gain more control over your audio production this way too.

Also in the same token of things, say you have that standard stereo setup- tuner, cassette, turntable, etc, starting to get dusty. Why? Now thinking to get a line in from your tuner to the pc, ever think about sending a line from the pc into the tuner? Highly recommended. One setup- pc is in one room and the stereo tuner in the other- listening to streaming archive.org or gdradio.net?, or, playing desktop audio, or streaming in any inet radio stations? That's right :) send your pc audio to the stereo and fill up the house with the jam running from your pc. Great stuff.

In my setup I send the back speaker channel from my soundcard into the LaserDisc 'IN' line on my tuner. You 'can' get infrared setups to control volume and track changes for the pc and all that, but I haven't had much of a need yet to do it. What I will do is control the volume at the tuner with it's remote when I'm in the non-pc room. For maybe it was $15 in two stereo cables in my setup I expanded abilities across the board to bring in the tuner signal to the pc and to send the pc signal to the tuner. Highly recommended. Good luck.

JBB

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Poster: Edsel Date: Feb 1, 2009 3:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How to convert those old tapes

Hell yeah, I've had lines going both ways for years, aside from being in a band, and mixing our tunes, I frequently dub off an LP, or an old tape, and being able to listen to mixes on my "real" stereo, versus my computer with the turn of a knob, makes comparisons easy, and often very revealing of deficiencies.

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Poster: Thai Stick Date: Jan 31, 2009 1:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How to convert those old tapes

That never crossed my mind. Thanks Edsel. I know i have the right cable around here, just need to find it.